Hair Growth Vitamins

Human hair is made of keratin. Essentially hair is a protein and the hair shaft is made of the hair root, bulb and follicle. The follicle is underneath the scalp and attached to oil glands and muscles. Our hair grows when the follicle collects old cells and the sebaceous gland and muscle fiber push up the bundled up cells. A healthy, glossy mane of hair is an indicator of overall good health. Hair loss is an indicator that there is an underlying health problem which needs to be corrected. A group of vitamins produce the right amounts of healthy nutrients to the body to nourish the hair.

Excessive hair loss occurs due to the following common reasons:

  • Serious illness
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid malfunction
  • Hormonal imbalances due to menopause/andropause
  • Chemotherapy
  • After childbirth.
  • After prolonged crash diets

Hair like any other part of the body requires good blood circulation and nutrients to maintain its health. The good news is that in most cases, excessive hair loss is self correcting and comes back to normal once the cause of hair fall is eliminated. In case hair loss is due to lack of nutrients, the remedy is a diet rich in proteins and vitamins which help hair growth. Vitamins A, C, D and E are vital for maintaining healthy hair.

These essential Vitamins are found in:

  • Fish and Fish oil
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Pulses and cereals
  • Carrots
  • Nuts

B12 Vitamins are vital in maintaining the health of the scalp. The food groups containing B12 vitamins are:

  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): Fish, chicken and wheat germ.
  • Vitamin B5 :Egg yolks and whole grain cereals., Red rice, soya beans
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyrodoxine): chicken, pork, oatmeal, avocado and sunflower seeds.
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): fish and shellfish, meat poultry, eggs, milk, and dairy products
  • Biotin: Research has also shown that an increase of biotin in the diet helps in the prevention of hair loss in men.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E helps to boost the supply of oxygen that improves blood circulation.

In a balanced diet, all these nutrients are available in the quantities sufficient to maintain health. The protein intake may be slightly low in case of a vegetarian diet; hence Vitamin B12 may need to be taken in supplement form. Even in case of a non vegetarian diet, if the intake of essential vitamins is insufficient, then vitamin supplements can be taken.

The essential nutrients for correcting hair loss which should be included in vitamin supplements are:

  • Pantothenic acid: To facilitate absorption of vitamins to promote hair growth.
  • Biotin : To promote cell development and growth of hair and to prevent graying of hair
  • Inositol keeps the cell membrane healthy.
  • Folic acid to promote good blood circulation in the scalp

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